MathXL Assignments

MathXLComputer2Some assignments througout the year will be completed online through MathXL.  In order to get to the MathXL that we use in Duval County, you MUST use the blended learning links, which automatically use your DCPS computer log-in to access your class assignments.

The easiest way to get to MathXL from here, is to click on “ONLINE TEXTBOOK” in the menu above.   Once you sign in to Pearson Realize (the textbook website) you will see your Algebra I or Algebra II class listed on the LEFT side of the screen.   Under the class name, you have two options, the first is the online textbook, and the second is “MathXL.”

*It is important that you use the blue text link on the left side of the page, and not the button on the right side of the page.  The right side will not link to your assignment, so don’t go there!!

Algebra I – Back to School

Welcome to DA, and Algebra I.

Here are a few helpful things to help you get ready for a great school year.

Algebra I Supply List:

Students will be expected to bring the following items to class on a daily basis;

  1. Textbook – Florida Algebra 1 Common Core: Pearson, 2015.
  2. Algebra Nation Workbook
  3. 3-ring binder (rings at least 1”) with all work in chronological order
  4. Both Notebook & Graph paper
  5. At least 2 pencils
  6. Standard ear-buds or headphones.  (Plug-in, not Bluetooth)
  7. Scientific Calculator – The following calculators are approved for use on the Algebra I FSA End-of-Course assessment, and are highly recommended:
  • Texas Instruments TI-30Xa,
  • Casio fx-260,
  • Casio fx-82,
  • Sharp EL-510R,
  • Sharp EL-510RN

*Cell phones may not be used as calculators.

Additional course information can be accessed in the Course info form Algebra 1 – 2017-2018.  Check it out, and feel free to look around the site for more information.


Back to school 2017-2018 (Algebra II Honors)

Welcome back, Algebra II Honors students!
Required Materials:
  1. Textbook – Florida Algebra 2 Common Core: Pearson, 2015.
  2. 3-ring binder (rings at least 2”) with all work in chronological order
  3. Notebook & Graph paper
  4. Scientific Calculator (Graphing calculator (TI-84+) is strongly recommended, but not required.)  Cell phones may not be used as calculators.
  5. 2 pencils
  6. Colored Pencils
Course info form Algebra 2 Honors – 2017-18

The Math of “Where’s Waldo?”

SONY DSCIn an earlier blog post, I mentioned Randy Olson from Michigan State University, and how he used Hamilton Circuits to create a really great trip around the United States.   Well, he’s at it again.  Using the same mathematical concepts we learned about Hamilton Circuits, Randy has mathematically figured out the best strategy to answer the question, “Where’s Waldo?”

As I found myself unexpectedly snowed in this weekend, I decided to take on a weekend project for fun. While searching for something to catch my fancy, I ran across an old Slate article claiming that they found a foolproof strategy for finding Waldo in the classic “Where’s Waldo?” book series. Now, I’m no Waldo-spotting expert, but even I could tell that the strategy they proposed there is far from perfect.

That’s when I decided what my weekend project would be: I was going to pull out every machine learning trick in my tool box to compute the optimal search strategy for finding Waldo. I was going to crush Slate’s supposed foolproof strategy and carve a trail of defeated Waldo-searchers in my wake.

Click here to find out all about it!